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Editor’s Picks: 9 of the Best Face Wipes for Clean Skin on the Go

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Have you sworn off face wipes because of their questionable ingredients, icky residue and harm to the environment? It's time to reconsider. There's a new generation of wipes on the market that are a vast improvement over their predecessors.

No, they won't replace a good old-fashioned cleanse with face wash and running water. What they WILL do is remove dirt, oil and makeup when you can't get to a sink, with ingredients that are kinder to your skin (and won't leave a film behind). 

Once you're done, wipes that are made from biodegradable materials will naturally break down, and some can even be composted.

So read on to find out what to look for in a wipe, and the best products I've found.

What to Look for in a Face Wipe

When choosing a face wipe, I recommend avoiding or limiting ingredients that could irritate or congest your skin. It's also important to choose biodegradable materials—otherwise, your wipes could take decades to decompose in a landfill. 

Here's what I look for:

  • Low in fragrance: Whether natural or synthetic, fragrance is the most common cause of skin irritation.
  • Low in silicones: These film-formers not only leave behind unpleasant residue, but can also trap debris and dead skin, triggering breakouts.
  • Low in mineral oil: Similar to silicones, mineral oil has occlusive properties that could lead to acne.
  • Low in sulfates: These cleansing agents tend to be too harsh, even when rinsed off—let alone left on your skin.
  • Low in alcohol: While fatty alcohols are fine, drying types (such as denatured alcohol) can strip your skin of needed moisture.
  • Low in PUFAs: Polyunsaturated fatty acids are unstable and prone to rapid oxidation (which ages your skin).
  • Biodegradable: Avoid plastic textiles and look for biodegradable wipes made from cotton, bamboo, plant cellulose, wood pulp or viscose rayon.

The Best Face Wipes of 2021

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

  • Details: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes are a portable version of the brand's 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic. Not only do they cleanse, they also gently exfoliate using natural alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. The base of lightweight humectants soothes and hydrates. Each wipe comes individually wrapped, making them ideal for travel.
  • Key ingredients: Aloe, witch hazel water, willow bark extract, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, sugarcane extract.
  • Made from: Bamboo. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Wipes

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Wipes

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Wipes

  • Details: Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Wipes were inspired by the brand's cult-favourite Sensibio H2O micellar water. So they share a similar, minimal ingredients list (although there is a small amount of fragrance in here). While I will always prefer the original liquid formula on a cotton pad, these are the next best thing—and they're equally gentle. 
  • Key ingredients: Pentylene glycol, mannitol, xylitol, allantoin.
  • Made from: Biodegradable textile blend.

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Cleanse by Lauren Napier La Rosé Facial Cleansing Wipes

Cleanse by Lauren Napier La Rose Facial Cleansing Wipes

Cleanse by Lauren Napier La Rosé Facial Cleansing Wipes

  • Details: Cleanse by Lauren Napier La Rosé Facial Cleansing Wipes came about after celebrity makeup artist Lauren Napier couldn't find face wipes she liked—so she decided to create her own. Made from plush, textured cotton, these sweep away grime while balancing oily and acne-prone skin with botanical ingredients. Plus, they come in individual sachets, so they'll never dry out. 
  • Key ingredients: Aloe, chamomile extract, cucumber extract, marshmallow root extract, oat kernel extract, glycerin.
  • Made from: Cotton.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths

  • Details: Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths are unique in that they actually produce a foam when you use them—no water or rinsing required. That makes them super effective at getting off dirt and makeup, as the mineral-rich Icelandic glacier water soothes your skin.
  • Key ingredients: Hexylene glycol, angelica root water, aloe, cucumber extract, chamomile extract, cornflower extract, ginseng root extract, green tea extract, jojoba oil, willow bark extract.
  • Made from: Biodegradable textile blend.

Josie Maran Bare Naked Wipes

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes

  • Details: Josie Maran Bare Naked Wipes are a mostly-natural option that should be gentle enough for even sensitive skin. They're saturated in a mix of emollients, hydrating aloe and soothing botanical extracts. Bonus: A portion of every sale goes toward protecting endangered polar bears.
  • Key ingredients: Fatty alcohols, glycerin, cucumber extract, marshmallow extract, aloe. 
  • Made from: Biodegradable textile blend.

Klorane Make-Up Remover Biodegradable Wipes

Klorane Make-Up Remover Biodegradable Wipes

Klorane Make-Up Remover Biodegradable Wipes

  • Details: Klorane Make-Up Remover Biodegradable Wipes were designed with sensitive skin and eyes in mind. As such, they're fragrance-free, with a pH similar to our own tears—which makes them ideal for contact lens wearers. The brand's signature cornflower water gives them a refreshing, non-oily texture.
  • Key ingredients: Butylene glycol, cornflower water, glycerin, vitamin E.
  • Made from: Biodegradable textile blend.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

  • Details: Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths are thick cotton cloths marinated in the brand's signature blend of thermal water, botanical extracts and white birch sap. (The latter is high in minerals, vitamins and amino acids.) Although gentle on the skin, they take off even waterproof makeup—no wonder they have a cult following.
  • Key ingredients: Dipropylene glycol, lactic acid, butylene glycol, mugwort extract, rosemary extract, lavender extract, sage extract, white birch sap, ginger root extract, glycerin.
  • Made from: Cotton.

Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Water Cleansing Towelettes

Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Water Cleansing Towelettes

Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Water Cleansing Towelettes

  • Details: Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Water Cleansing Towelettes are one of the most affordable and natural options. Each wipe is soaked in a gentle micellar solution containing an array of botanical extracts with soothing properties. These do foam up a bit, but don't require rinsing and are sensitive skin-friendly.
  • Key ingredients: Decyl glucoside, glycerin, apple fruit extract, aloe, chamomile extract, rose extract, cucumber extract, oat kernel extract, coconut fruit extract.
  • Made from: Plant cellulose.

Consonant Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths

Consonant Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths

Consonant Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths

  • Details: Consonant Come Clean Anytime Natural Cleansing Cloths are 100% natural wipes that are super refreshing on your skin. Besides a gentle surfactant, they're infused with lightweight humectants—so they won't dry you out. But best of all, they're high in niacinamide to help brighten and even out tone.
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, coco-betaine, niacinamide, ginseng root extract, aloe, grape seed oil, chamomile extract.
  • Made from: Bamboo.

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